ROME IN MONOCHROME: Feeling Alive

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Italian metal sextet Rome in Monochrome has recently presented their EP titled “Karma Anubis.” In an interview with Prog Sphere, the band tells us about their work.

Define the mission of Rome In Monochrome.

Write music to feel alive.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your new EP “Karma Anubis” and the themes it captures.

It started with Valerio’s (the vocalist) demos, shared previously with me for the main choices, changes and arrangements and then refined during rehersals, in which each band member gives his unique contribution. The main themes are resignation, loss, personal and universal apocalypses, expressed at the maximum grace degree.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Karma Anubis”?

It’s a sort of confession. These are our demons, tell us yours.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Basically we had Valerio’s starting demos I spoke about. We discuss and change what has to be changed, then we play the songs together with the other four and everyone adds (or subtracts) what he feels: we often record reharsals to decide what works and what works not, what has the unique mix of beauty and resignation that we look for, and what has not. At the time we feel lucky: everything we wrote until now has this special vibe, for us. This is the way it went until now but it’s not a decision, it just happened this way.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Yes, and no. We always see clear the final destination of the trip, but there are always many ways to reach the same point. We love to flow together and, at the end, see where we have gone.

Karma Anubis

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

Focused and professional but completely free.

How long “Karma Anubis” was in the making?

Months to be fully conceived, not so long to be recorded.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

The main influences of the record are surely Katatonia, My Dying Bride, Slowdive, Mono, Red House Painters, Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

What is your view on technology in music?

Our answer is: why not? The matter is to have something to say, not the way you say it. Technology is good but only if it’s a way to reach a purpose, and not the purpose itself.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

We write music to feel alive, as I said before. And feel alive is the essence of human nature.

What are your plans for the future?

Starting to record our first full length album, that’s almost completely written and arranged. We have only to decide which songs will be in and which ones will be out. And, of course, play live everywhere there’s somebody who wants to listen.

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